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ZYGO [zygo /ˈzʌɪgəʊ, ˈzɪgəʊ / pref. relating to union or joining]
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law by President Obama on March 23rd, 2010 and upheld by the Supreme Court on June 28, 2012. The ACA, commonly referred to as Obamacare, promises “quality, affordable health care for all Americans.” Data shows that since its passage, in almost every county across California, regardless of political leaning, at least one in ten people has health coverage because of Obamacare. About 3.7 million Californians who were not eligible before Obamacare now have Medi-Cal. An additional 1.4 million Californians now have private insurance through Covered California as of March. Los Angeles County has the highest number of people covered under Obamacare. About 1.5 million residents, 15% of the population, have health insurance either through the Medi-Cal expansion or a Covered California plan. A popular campaign promise by President Trump, however, is to repeal parts of Obamacare, which would mean big changes for several counties. Panelists will discuss the ethical, financial, and medical implications of repealing Obamacare for all potential stakeholders and what we can expect for the future of healthcare policy with the new administration.
ZYGO is a joint program of the Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study and the Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics. The series is organized by USC students in health and medicine who seek dialogue with USC faculty across disciplines in order to increase the integration of ethical themes into their curriculum.